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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ministry circular explains new approach

BREAKING NEWS.. BREAKING NEWS... BREAKING
Sunday November 6, 2011  By KAREN CHAPMAN, TAN EE LOO, FLORENCE A. SAMY, CHRISTINA CHIN, HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH, DESIREE TRESA GASPER and REGINA LEE
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has sent a circular spelling out clearly that the policy on the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) has ended – but students who started studying the two subjects under it can continue until Form Five.

The circular provides a breakdown on the medium of instruction for the teaching of the two subjects in national primary and secondary schools and Chinese and Tamil (vernacular) schools until students who started learning under the PPSMI policy finish.

A copy of the circular dated Nov 4 was obtained by The Star.

As an example, for students in national primary and secondary schools for 2012:
> Years One and Two to study fully in Bahasa Malaysia;
> Years Three to Six to study either fully in English or Bahasa Malaysia, or bilingually (both Bahasa Malaysia and English); and
> Forms One to Six to study either fully in English or Bahasa Malaysia, or bilingually (both Bahasa Malaysia and English).

The use of language in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia is also clearly explained in the circular (see chart).
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Friday that students who have started learning Science and Mathema-tics in English will continue to do so until they complete their studies in Form Five.

Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said schools would have the option to teach Science and Mathematics fully in English, Bahasa Malaysia, or bilingually.

When asked how schools would implement this, Education director-general Datuk Seri Abd Ghafar Mah-mud said schools would be able to accommodate students according to their needs.
“For example, a school in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) in Kuala Lum-pur would have students from both TTDI and Sungai Penchala.

“Students from TTDI may opt for English while those from Sungai Penchala may want to be taught in Bahasa Malaysia but this will not be a problem,” he said.

Abd Ghafar said this meant schools could have classes within the same form teaching the two subjects in either English or Bahasa Malaysia.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong tweeted yesterday that the circular would be sent to schools next week.

Dr Wee explained that it was very clear as Abd Ghafar had briefed officials from the ministry, state education departments, district education offices and union representatives on Friday.
He said the state education department and district education officers would brief school heads and ensure the directive was adhered to.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary- general Lok Yim Pheng said the information in the circular should be translated into English so parents would be able to understand the situation.

“School heads must be carefully briefed so that they, in turn, can provide the right information to parents and teachers,” she said.

Lok said the incentive payment for those teaching Science and Mathe-matics in both primary and secondary schools would continue.

hmmm... all clear now...
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